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Cherry Chicken Wings

This recipe may seem a little strange but we have added fruit to spicy food for a long time and Cherries are usually left behind, high in Pectin, Melatonin and Vitamins A & C and enzymes to help with stiff joints.


1kg Chicken Wings
100g Fresh stoned and finely chopped cherries
25g Butter
1Tbsp Olive Oil
5 Cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
1 Tspn Smoked Paprika
1/2 Tspn Chilli Powder
1Red Pepper, roasted and skinned with seeds removed.


Place the Cherries, Olive Oil, Garlic, Paprika, Chilliowder and roast Pepper in a food processor and blitz. In a bowl melt the butter in a microwave and add the Cherry/Pepper mix then the Chicken wings and mix well.
Preheat your oven to 180oC
Scatter the soaked wings onto a lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 30-35 mins until cooked and sticky. Lightly season and serve. Enjoy.

Burns Night “Whisky” Shortbread


175 g chilled unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
235 g flour
60 g caster sugar, plus more for dusting
1 pinches salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp Malt Whisky ( I use @Tomatin )

This is a special Burns Night shortbread.
1. Beat the butter, vanilla, whisky and sugar in a food mixer then chill.
2. Sift the flour and salt together and add the chopped butter mix. Then rub in until you can form a ball.
3. Roll out the pastry into a square 1/2 cm thick, mark into fingers 5 cms long and 2 cms wide. Prick with a fork and chill for 20 minutes.
4 before baking in an oven at 190oC sprinkle with a little caster sugar and bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire
5. Enjoy with a wee Dram. Slainte.

Peanut Butter & Pear Smoothie

This smoothie may seem a bit strange compared to regular choices, but it is packed with protein and great for replacing energy. Its great for both mornings and lunchtimes. Use a good quality blender to achieve the best consistency.

#5 Peanut Butter & Pear Smoothie ( 300 Calories)

1 Green Apple ( Cored & Chopped but not Peeled)

1 Pear ( Cored & Chopped but not peeled)

6oz Fat Free Greek Yoghurt

2 Tsp Smooth peanut butter

1 Cup of Ice Cubes

Peanut Butter & Pear Smoothie

Peanut Butter & Pear Smoothie.

Tropical Morning Smoothie

Tropical Morning Smoothie.

Tropical Morning Smoothie

This is the second breakfast smoothie to try out, its sharp and sweet and really simple to make.

#3 Tropical Morning Smoothie ( 300 Calories)

½ Cup Chopped Mango ( Frozen)

½ Cup Fresh Diced Pineapple

6oz Low Fat Greek Yoghurt

2 Tbsp Ground Flaxseeds

Place all the ingredients in a blender and whizz up till smooth then enjoy. Its also 2 of your 5 a day and great for children.

Apple Pie Breakfast Smoothie

Apple Pie Breakfast Smoothie.

Apple Pie Breakfast Smoothie

This smoothie needs to be made in a blender with a strong blade to achieve the perfect smooth consistency. Its refreshing, vitalising, low on calories and a great start to the day.

 Apple Pie Smoothie ( 325 Calories)

5 Whole Almonds

1 Red Apple ( Cored & Chopped but not skinned)

1 Banana ( Frozen)

6oz Low Fat Greek Yoghurt

½ Cup Skimmed Milk

½ Tsp Cinnamon

Cranachan with Toasted Coconut & Raspberries

With 2 weeks to Burn Night, this recipe is a bit of a twist on the classic version.


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Indian Influences on Scottish Cooking By Hugh McGivern

I posted this over a year ago. It makes for some good reading.


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